Tyrone Huntley and Sophie Stone Join The Watermill Ensemble For A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
The Watermill Ensemble will be joined by Tyrone Huntley in the role of Lysander and Sophie Stone as Hermia for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, directed by Artistic Director, Paul Hart. Also joining the Ensemble are Eva Feiler (Puck), Lillie Flynn (Helena) and Joey Hickman (Demetrius). Fusing actor-musicianship with one of Shakespeare's great comedies, the production runs at the theatre from Thursday 10 May to Saturday 16 June.
Tyrone Huntley was nominated for both the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Theatre), other roles include TJ in the UK tour of Sister Act and Doctor in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon. Sophie Stone first performed at The Watermill in the theatre's Young Company. Her theatre credits include Herons (Lyric, Hammersmith), Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre) and Mine (Shared Experience). Sophie co-founded The DH Ensemble.
Returning to The Watermill Ensemble are Victoria Blunt (Bottom), Emma McDonald (Titania), Offue Okegbe (Theseus), Jamie Satterthwaite (Oberon) and Mike Slader (Quince) who all appeared in last year's international tour of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet.
BSL performers Lixi Chivas and Ana Becker will work with the company on creating two fully integrated signed performances of the production on Wednesday 13 June at 7.30pm and Saturday 16 June at 1.30pm.
More than 200 tickets are available at £10 for those aged 16 to 25 during the run of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. £10 tickets are on offer for every performance.
Director Paul Hart says, 'We have assembled an extraordinary team to further develop our in-house ensemble. Creating these productions for a modern audience is challenging and hugely fulfilling. Working with people you trust and admire in an environment like The Watermill means we can take imaginative and contextual leaps which are exciting for us and, hopefully, audiences as well. The aim is to create Shakespeare that is alive to modern audiences, using live music to draw you in and help you to hear the plays with freshness and vitality.'
The Watermill Ensemble is defined by its 50:50 gender split and collaborative approach during the rehearsal process. The creative team are Tom Jackson Greaves (Movement Director), Katie Lias (Designer), Tom White (Lighting Designer) and David Gregory (Sound Designer) who have worked with Paul Hart on previous Watermill Shakespeare productions Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.